V For Victory: Norwich win, Kodjia’s goals and impressive form see’s playoff odds shorten for Villa.

NORWICH CITY WIN

When in May, we perhaps look back and rue our countless missed opportunities for promotion, then it will not be because of Villa’s end of season form.

A 2-0 win over Norwich see’s us climb to 11th.  That’s 6 wins in the last 7 games.  Quite a turnaround.

For just a handful of points from the draws under Di Matteo‘s reign or a couple of wins in the barren patch at the turn of the year; how that would change the outlook.

After another victory at Villa Park, this time over promotion hopefuls Norwich City, we remain outsiders for the playoffs.  Outsiders who are suddenly steamrolling towards something.

Villa’s form remains fantastic and the odds are now beginning to narrow.  We also appear to be able to grind out result.  A handy trait to have, particularly at this end of the campaign.

Surely Villa cannot do the unthinkable?

Never say never in football.

LETHAL KODJIA

We’re a football club which has had its fair share of false narratives over the years.  However, perhaps one of the least relevant ones was/is Kodjia’s overall team play.

His play can be [sometimes correctly] interpreted as greedy, selfish even.

However, players who can terrify the opposition, craft opportunities out of nothing and win games alone do not necessarily adhere to norms.

Kodjia obliged with two fine match winning goals against Norwich:

 

PLAYOFF CHASE

  • Big Ask: 10 Points gap to 6th placed Fulham.
  • Fulham are in even better form than Villa over last 10 games.
  • Sheff Wed, Norwich & Derby’s form indifferent.
  • Preston are stuttering.  3 draws in last 4.
  • Villa’s playoff Odds have gone from 100/1 > 80/1
  • Remaining games:
    • QPR = 15th
    • Burton = 19th
    • Reading = 4th
    • Fulham = 6th
    • Blues = 18th
    • Blackburn = 22nd
    • Brighton = 2nd

BRUCE’S VIEW

If I’m being honest, I can’t see it. I think there’s too many teams around us still.  As you’ve seen by the results this weekend, things can change.  We’ve also still got to play Reading and Fulham, so who knows.